A sequence of four novels, SEASONAL, is under contract with Pantheon in the US and Penguin in Canada. She describes them as follows: "It's a four year cycle, consisting of four discrete stand-alone novels, each between 150 to 200 pages. Though these novels will be stand-alone, and each quite markedly different from the other (imagine HOW TO BE BOTH but quadruple), they'll also link to each other stylistically, subtly and with the occasional shared character or moment, so that by the end of the four years we'll have built up what will become a four-book single volume - in which we can publish all 4 separate novels together under a single title: SEASONAL. This first one will be a contemporary story about ageing and time and love - an unexpected love story about youth and age - as well as a take on all the old stories about the elixirs of life and youth - plus, embedded in it will be a version of the story of Gilgamesh (because each of these 4 novels will riff on a different classic story) : Gilgamesh - a story of tyrannies, of the city vs the wild, of unexpected love, brotherliness, and of elegy then adventure and rejuvenation - happens to be the first story we've got physical written proof of in the world. So that's where I'll start. In the end we'll get an organic structure within which four quite different and seemingly unrelated narratives will link into each other and spark each other into being something more - all four united by the passing of time, the timing of narrative, and the endless familiarity yet renewal that the cycle of the seasons is." The first of these works, AUTUMN, will be published in North America in February 2017.
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